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Stenden South Africa is a unique Higher Education Institution in the seaside town of Port Alfred. Established in 2001, we pride ourselves with an impressive track record of offering top quality higher education. Our pillars of Internationalisation, Problem Based Learning and Research have positioned us at the top of our game, with an impressive list of graduates who are making their way in the industry.

Stenden South Africa is an institution where we take pride in a student-centred approach of higher education through unique educational methods such as Problem Based Learning, Case Based Learning, and Real-World Learning in our learning companies.

Stenden South Africa is an International Branch Campus of Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Stenden University has a long and diverse history of academic performance. Its Teacher Training Degree Programme goes back over 100 years.

However, Stenden is anything but an old-fashioned University. As the turn of the century approached,  Stenden (back then operating under the name CHN University) chose to launch a pioneering concept known as ‘Grand Tour’. The Grand Tour is an old European custom whereby youngsters were encouraged to travel and see the world before settling into a career. Stenden had the desire to re-invent this concept and incorporate it into the different degree courses it offers. By establishing international campus sites, the vision to offer a true international education experience materialized.

Today Stenden offers higher education at campuses in The Netherlands, Indonesia, Qatar and South Africa. The main programme offered at each campus site, including Port Alfred, is Hospitality Management. .

Stenden South Africa in Port Alfred offers a Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management, as well as different minor modules that are executed on behalf of Stenden University in The Netherlands. Stenden is registered with the Department of Education of South Africa as a private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1977, and according to registration Certificate No. 2002/HE10/001, to offer the Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Disaster Management..

Our Vision

Stenden South Africa is best in its class as a Higher education institution, serving to make a better world.


Stenden South Africa educates students in a value driven manner to become exemplary leaders of industry, unleashing potential in our students, staff, and surrounding communities.


Stenden South Africa provides education and leadership in a community in which people with different backgrounds feel at home and are encouraged to contribute to and bear responsibility for the world in general and mankind in particular.